Jasper is a very popular stone in the ancient world. We can seek the origin of its name in many languages: Hebrew (Jushphah), Assyrian, Greek (Japis, a noun that refers to a "Spotted stone"), Latin (Jaspidiem), and in the old French language (Jaspre - or in the same way as a variant of the Anglo-Norman - Jaspe). Jaspis represents decorative rock composed mainly of Chalcedony, which is mixed with other minerals, giving Jasper vivid and interesting patterns. Its colour varies from red to brown to green.
There are also many trade names of this stone, which depends on the types of decorative pattern that can be seen. So we can distinguish, for example, Landscape Jasper and Jasper Ribbon (belted), which are usually used for making cameos, from Egyptian Jasper otherwise called by the romantic name of Stone of Nile. Picture Jasper and Orbicular (rounded) Jasper are then different from Black Jasper, sinister Bloody Jasper, Prussian-blue Jasper and others.
Although an opaque stone, Jasper is well-known for being able to achieve a great glow by calendering. It is commonly seen cut "en cabochon", but it also can be found in a large size, and other forms such as circle, oval, trillion, pear, heart or pillow shaped etc.
Bellow you can see a Jasper stone on a RubyCharm ring called Voice of Goddess.
Jasper is one of the most popular gemstones. Most versatile jewellery can be made from Jasper by professional jewellers as well as by those who consider jewellery-making a hobby. It is suitable for making rings, bracelets and necklaces of vivid design. In addition to jewellery, this gemstone was also used for making seals, expensive andf beautiful vases, very colourful mosaics, table tops, or even pillars. Also, it was used to decorate building facades, as is the case with Saint Wenceslas Chapel in Prague. In 1829 a monolith of green or Revnev Jasper weigheing about 20 tons was discovered from the deposit in Kolyvan, from Altai region in Russia. Monolith was used to craft a large vase, now called Tsarina of vases (Empress of vases), made according to the design of architect Abraham Melnikov. Creation of this vase lasted for 19 years and involved 770 crafters. This vase is now kept in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.
On the left is a photo of Saint Wenceslas Chapel in Prague.
On the right photo shows Tsarina of vases (Empress of vases) made of monolith Jasper stone.
Jasper is most suited to those born under the sign of Leo, Virgo and Scorpio. This stone is associated with fire energy. In ancient times as well as in the Middle Ages, it was believed that the stones themselves were a reflection of the universe. So Jasper was associated with planets Pluto and Mars.
Since it is variegated, metaphysical qualities of the stone, to a great extent, vary according to its exact colour. Like many other stones, Jasper is considered to have significant healing powers. It is said that this stone provides a calm sense of well-being that will fill the wearer. It also has a very positive impact on physical health, bringing new wells of energy to the body and relieving the symptoms of many diseases. Also, Jasper is considered to protect from negative energy. The best way to wear it is in direct contact with skin and on a grieveing part of the body.
Largest known excavation sites of Jasper are located in Dekan, India, the Ural Mounatains of Russia, as well as sites in France, Germany and the United States.
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